Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says Petr Cech could be key to Arsenal title challenge

Petr Cech

The England international was optimistic about a league challenge with the Chelsea legend in the squad.

Arsenal's young star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been discussing the significance of the club's signing of Petr Cech from Chelsea this summer, and the advantage that gives them in the title race this year compared to previous campaigns, in an interview with the club's website.

Cech completed what the Guardian say was a £10 million move across London, an unusual act in itself as the Blues ended up significantly strengthening one of their major rivals for the league in time for the new season, and Oxlade-Chamberlain was open about how highly he rates his new teammate.

“He’s been one of the best goalkeepers in the world since I’ve been watching football," the 21-year-old told the Arsenal site. "I can’t really remember two goalkeepers who have been better than him,”

“To have someone like that sign for us is a great thing and brings a massive boost to the changing room to have that experience and quality coming into the side - it can only help us. The fans are all excited about it and the players feel exactly the same way."

Oxlade-Chamberlain made it clear that Arsenal's recent FA Cup triumphs were merely the club feeling their way back into winning trophies, and now with someone of Cech's quality at the club, they were confident of a genuine assault on the Premier League title.

“We’ve had a little bit of success in the last few seasons with the FA Cup but we want to go and replicate that in the league," the midfielder said. "To have someone who’s done that on numerous occasions in Petr, that winning mentality is massive.

“In terms of our approach at any point in the season, he knows what it takes to win the league. I’m sure he’s going to be a voice who can talk to us and let us know where we need to go and what we need to do to achieve that."

It's easy to see why the Arsenal squad are so excited about Cech's arrival. The 33-year-old has won four top level league titles in his career, no other player in the Gunners squad has won more than one title in one of Europe's major leagues. Even the likes of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck have just one title to their name, with the Englishman only playing a prominent role in the season of one of Manchester United's two most recent triumphs.

Even more importantly, no one in the Arsenal squad except Cech and Welbeck have tasted league success in the Premier League, and no one in the Champions League. Given his leadership qualities, it is clear that the players will be expecting the Czech international to provide that extra know how and focus to the rest of the dressing room that could help the Gunners finally finish top of the pile.

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